Sweet Designs – Beckmann House

The Who: Kara Beckmann
The What: Baking to Home Designs
The Where: Beckmann House
The Dishes: See The Bottom

By: Kara Beckmann

For as long as I can remember, I have been creative in every aspect of my life. The idea of taking a blank canvas and making it into whatever I could, excited me. When I was young, I would spend hours in my room working on crafts, cutting out scrapbook paper to create beautiful cards and pictures, and making everyday household items into something unique and fun. My creative spirit and love for baking really evolved in my Senior year of High School and stemmed from baking cakes with my Mom early on. For any family birthday, my Mom would make and decorate beautiful cakes and I loved being her helper. These weren’t your average birthday cakes, they were always decorated with multiple colors of homemade frosting pipped from a paper pipping bag, that my Mom magically folded together in under 5 seconds. The theme of the cake perfectly matched the theme of the party, and there would often be hand piped flowers, pearls and borders on the top of the cake. With the dream of opening up a Wedding Cake boutique, I attended Scottsdale Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu and received my degree in Patisserie and Baking. I loved every minute of Culinary School, and afterwards worked in wonderful restaurants alongside many locally acclaimed chefs. I worked as a pastry cook, then a Pastry Chef and taught baking classes at stores and private residences. I had wonderful clients who ordered elaborately decorated cakes and cookies for parties and get togethers. The idea of a Wedding Cake boutique seemed too limiting after being exposed to so many varieties of desserts and pastries so my idea evolved into opening a full-fledged bakery. The economy downfall led to many restaurants closing, which also led me to a different route and my bakery idea was put on the back burner, no pun intended.

I have always loved the idea of interior design and decided to take the money that I had been saving for one day opening a bakery and invest it into real estate. I would spend hours looking for old houses in great neighborhoods that needed a whole lot of work. Finally, someone accepted my offer! It was my first real estate purchase and I was 28 years old. I had no idea what I was doing but once I walked into that house, I knew just what it needed. Over the next 6 weeks, the house was completely transformed. Everything in the house was replaced and it felt special and new again. The design was very clean, modern and classic. It sold in 10 days, and just like that, it felt right. I completed 3 additional houses, one I kept as a rental, and decided it was time to leave my full time job and focus on building my business.
Towards the end of 2017, I officially launched Beckmann House – Real Estate, Design, Investments. I have met so many wonderful people through this journey, and I am looking forward to more demo-days, remodels and design projects in 2018. I will always have a love of baking, however I now spend the majority of my time decorating houses instead of cakes.
I will am still very much a foodie and absolutely love going to eat and trying new local spots! My favorites places and favorite items to order are:
Arcadia Farms – all of breakfast pastries, but especially their almond croissant
Valley Ho’s Cafe ZuZu – “The Show Stopper” Shake of the month by Chef Audrey Enriquez
The Mission – Brussels Sprout Tacos
Chestnut – Lemon Ricotta Waffles
Press Coffee – Americano
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